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Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Friday, November 18, 2011

Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp visited Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain, this week to learn more about the unit’s evolving mission in support of U.S. naval forces in the region and meet with Coast Guard personnel. This coordination is critical to the Coast Guard’s continued support, as part of the combined armed forces in the area, to protect U.S. national interests.

225 years of Service to Nation: Defense Readiness

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

225 Years of Service to Nation

For 225 years, the Coast Guard has served as the nation’s lead Federal maritime law enforcement agency, protecting our shores each and every day. The Coast Guard also serves as one of the nation’s five armed forces, assisting in the defense of our nation during times of war.

IMCMEX: An international training effort

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This year’s International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, or IMCMEX, concluded in Bahrain recently after several weeks of seminars and training maneuvers focused on enhancing military cooperation, protecting global commerce and developing the international community’s ability to address threats to the freedom of navigation.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM2 Matthew Baasch

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, recognizes Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch from Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in Alameda, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014, for his role in two separate counter narcotics off the coast of Colombia. The crew of Cutter Bertholf recently returned from a 140-day patrol off the coast of South America. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Sometimes a person gets a weird feeling in the pit of their stomach because there is more to a situation than meets the eye. This feeling is commonly referred to as a person’s “sixth sense.” Coast Guard boarding officers are trained to follow that “sixth sense” while they’re conducting counter narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Basin. That’s exactly what happened to Petty Officer Matthew Baasch and a boarding team from the Cutter Bertholf when they climbed aboard the fishing vessel Goliat I off the coast of Colombia on June 28.

World Maritime Day: Orchestrating the response to piracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Suspected pirate boat on fire

Today is World Maritime Day 2011, a day in which we recognize the maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy. While there are many challenges and successes to take note of, there is one particular issue generating a worldwide rallying […]

From the bridge of the Bertholf: Northern Edge 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


We’ve asked Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first national security cutter, to share their perspective on how the fleet’s newest class will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments. This update comes from the executive officer, Cmdr. Dave Ramassini, and focuses on the NSC as a platform for joint service operations with the Department of Defense.

Strength in training: Counter-piracy

Monday, June 13, 2011

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Official Department of Defense photo.

The threat of pirates on the high seas continues to bring unique challenges to the international maritime community.  With ships reporting 445 attacks and pirates hijacking 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers and killing eight in 2010, international cooperation is essential […]

Shipmate of the Week – LT Aaron Renschler

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lt. Renschler

Written by Lt. James McLay, Deployable Operations Group Piracy has been the scourge of the world’s oceans and waterways ever since man took to sea. Defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as any “…illegal acts […]

Pakistan Navy trains with Coast Guard VBSS Team

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pakistani Navy sailors completed a two-week maritime law enforcement training course hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Middle East Team.

The sailors underwent training that included visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) techniques, basic shipboard tactical movement, and self-defense in an effort to further enhance regional maritime safety and security.